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The Family Fund - grants for young people with disabilities

The Family Fund helps children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 17 with grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable.  The Fund would like to get more applications from 16 and 17 year olds and can help with things like learning to drive, recreation and college equipment, holidays and computers. 

If you would like to know more, find the Family Fund on Facebook or on their website



Funding Through Local YouthBanks (UK)

YouthBank is an innovative UK-wide grant making initiative run by young people for young people.

Local Youth Banks provide small grants to young people for activities of benefit to the community and that also benefit the young people taking part. YouthBank is unique in that it is young people themselves who make decisions about how local YouthBanks are managed and run and, through a Board of young people, also direct the UK-wide programme.

Grant making criteria and processes are decided by each individual YouthBank. Local areas can also receive funding, advice and support from YouthBank UK, the national umbrella body, to set up local YouthBanks. For example a grant of £75,000 was recently awarded to set up a YouthBank in Cambridge. 

Applications can be made at any time.

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£1 Million Available to Support Youth Projects (UK)

Young people are being given the chance to claim a share of £1 million to help tackle the dangers of drugs, crime and play a positive role in their community. The Royal Bank of Scotland Community Cash Awards will see £1 million of grants being distributed by youth charity The Prince’s Trust to young people who want to run community projects in some of Britain’s poorest areas.

Awards, worth £250 to £5,000, are available to disadvantaged 14 to 25-year-olds who want to transform their area and learn practical skills.

Projects could range from improving local youth facilities to tackling teenage pregnancy or drug misuse.

Projects must

  • be run and managed by people between the ages of 14 and 25
  • clearly benefit the local community
  • benefit the people running the project
  • be a new or developing project.

Applications can be made at any time.

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The Be Cause Awards (UK)

The Be Cause Awards is a new scheme to inspire people to make a difference in their community. It has been launched by UnLtd, the charity which supports social entrepreneurs, in partnership with Bebo, the social networking website.

Applicants can use the Be Cause toolkit to put together a plan for a social action or social enterprise project and then enter it for a monthly Be Cause Award.

If your idea meets Be Cause criteria applicants could get a £1,000 award to help get a project off the ground. Applicants can nominate their project for an award, or be nominated by others in the Bebo community if they think it is a good idea.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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[Updated November 2010]

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